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February 4, 2010
The Super Bowl is this weekend. But the game won’t be played without a bit of controversy. CBS has rejected an ad from a gay dating website. While entirely commercial in nature, CBS argues that the spot “is not within the Network’s broadcast standards for Super Bowl Sunday.” While CBS has rejected other ads (one featuring a man named Lola), the folks behind the dating site say it is “straight-up discrimination.” What do you think? Is it “discrimination”?
NEWS
January 25, 2007
Letters to the Editor Animal Regulations [To the members of the City Council]: Having gone through a summer in annoyance from chickens and roosters in our immediate neighborhood, we are concerned that a majority of this Council may be politically persuaded to relax current prohibitions against such. While there may be a sizeable number of petitioners supporting relaxing this zoning ordinance these activists do not represent a far more silent majority, 20,000 plus residents in our City.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal and Jason Wells | March 14, 2012
Former Jet Propulsion Laboratory worker David Coppedge testified Wednesday that questions about the origin of life ran deep in his family long before he worked for JPL or sued the La Cañada Flintridge lab for allegedly discriminating against him because of his belief in the theory of intelligent design. A former systems administrator on NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn, Coppedge claims he was improperly demoted and eventually fired for sharing DVDs about intelligent design - the idea that the universe is a creation of an intelligent agent, such as God - with co-workers.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | October 14, 2011
La Cañada school board member Cindy Wilcox is calling for La Cañada High School math teacher Gabrielle Leko to be fired, alleging, among other things, that she addressed a ninth grade geometry student as “Jew boy.” Wilcox said she filed a formal complaint - as a member of the public - against the high school teacher in June, adding that it was based on numerous verbal grievances she received from school families about Leko. None of those families were willing to go on record with a complaint themselves, she said.  “When I talked to the families and said 'would you please file a complaint,' their response is, 'She teaches all the high level classes…We are going to see her again, and furthermore the siblings are likely to see her again.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | April 18, 2012
Attorneys argued Monday that it was either religious intolerance or workplace incompetence that drove systems administrator David Coppedge from a post at Jet Propulsion Laboratory last year. Monday's arguments capped a five-week trial in Coppedge's lawsuit against the NASA lab in La Cañada Flintridge, in which he claimed he was removed from his job in 2011 because of his advocacy of the theory of intelligent design of the universe. “This is a series of retaliation - a series of subtly damaging injuries all starting from David's reaction” to discriminatory actions taken by supervisors, said William Becker, Coppedge's attorney.
NEWS
July 13, 2006
For the third year in a row, Mark L. Russakow, a resident of La Cañada and partner in the law firm of Russakow, Ryan & Johnson, has been named a Southern California "Super Lawyer Rising Star" by Los Angeles Magazine in the area of business litigation. Russakow represents both plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of employment, personal injury and business litigation. He has achieved multimillion-dollar settlements for his plaintiff clients, as well as successful settlements while representing management and insurance companies.
NEWS
By Steven E. Browne | July 19, 2007
A blatant example of discrimination sits defiantly on Foothill Boulevard just west of the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA. For months, there has been a lane reserved for single individuals. Several married couples have filed formal complaints with the city's road manager, Randy Asphalt. "It is not fair," claimed a local resident, "Why do married people have to go around? It takes an extra ten minutes." Gail, a recently separated mother of two, was confused. "I don't know if it is legal for me to drive in the lane or not. I'm not divorced and I'm not married.
THE818NOW
March 6, 2012
Having finished their review of the separate elements of the city's Draft General Plan, La Cañada's Planning Commission will be conducting a tour this Saturday of the various sites that would be affected by changes implemented in the plan. Robert Stanley, Director of Community Development, said on Monday night that residents interested in seeing where changes to the land use map will be made, such as which areas would be designated for multi-use housing, should meet at City Hall at 8 a.m. The tour will conclude around 12 p.m. The Planning Commission will have busses to transport them, but Stanley said that there will be forms with the route available for members of the public who wish to follow.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2009
Ten Years Ago The City Council reached an agreement with a development company to purchased the final 10 acres of Cherry Canyon for $1.6 million with the provision the partnership drop a discrimination lawsuit it had filed against the city. The undeveloped hillside property was to be added to the city’s inventory of open space.   Twenty Years Ago The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation was conducting an intensive volunteer effort to phone all local households that had not yet contributed to the 1988-’89 fund drive.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | April 18, 2012
Attorneys argued Monday that it was either religious intolerance or workplace incompetence that drove systems administrator David Coppedge from a post at Jet Propulsion Laboratory last year. Monday's arguments capped a five-week trial in Coppedge's lawsuit against the NASA lab in La Cañada Flintridge, in which he claimed he was removed from his job in 2011 because of his advocacy of the theory of intelligent design of the universe. “This is a series of retaliation - a series of subtly damaging injuries all starting from David's reaction” to discriminatory actions taken by supervisors, said William Becker, Coppedge's attorney.
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By Daniel Siegal and Jason Wells | March 14, 2012
Former Jet Propulsion Laboratory worker David Coppedge testified Wednesday that questions about the origin of life ran deep in his family long before he worked for JPL or sued the La Cañada Flintridge lab for allegedly discriminating against him because of his belief in the theory of intelligent design. A former systems administrator on NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn, Coppedge claims he was improperly demoted and eventually fired for sharing DVDs about intelligent design - the idea that the universe is a creation of an intelligent agent, such as God - with co-workers.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | October 14, 2011
La Cañada school board member Cindy Wilcox is calling for La Cañada High School math teacher Gabrielle Leko to be fired, alleging, among other things, that she addressed a ninth grade geometry student as “Jew boy.” Wilcox said she filed a formal complaint - as a member of the public - against the high school teacher in June, adding that it was based on numerous verbal grievances she received from school families about Leko. None of those families were willing to go on record with a complaint themselves, she said.  “When I talked to the families and said 'would you please file a complaint,' their response is, 'She teaches all the high level classes…We are going to see her again, and furthermore the siblings are likely to see her again.
FEATURES
February 4, 2010
The Super Bowl is this weekend. But the game won’t be played without a bit of controversy. CBS has rejected an ad from a gay dating website. While entirely commercial in nature, CBS argues that the spot “is not within the Network’s broadcast standards for Super Bowl Sunday.” While CBS has rejected other ads (one featuring a man named Lola), the folks behind the dating site say it is “straight-up discrimination.” What do you think? Is it “discrimination”?
NEWS
January 25, 2007
Letters to the Editor Animal Regulations [To the members of the City Council]: Having gone through a summer in annoyance from chickens and roosters in our immediate neighborhood, we are concerned that a majority of this Council may be politically persuaded to relax current prohibitions against such. While there may be a sizeable number of petitioners supporting relaxing this zoning ordinance these activists do not represent a far more silent majority, 20,000 plus residents in our City.
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